How to format your references using the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. For a complete guide how to prepare your manuscript refer to the journal's instructions to authors.

Using reference management software

Typically you don't format your citations and bibliography by hand. The easiest way is to use a reference manager:

PaperpileThe citation style is built in and you can choose it in Settings > Citation Style or Paperpile > Citation Style in Google Docs.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
Mendeley, Zotero, Papers, and othersThe style is either built in or you can download a CSL file that is supported by most references management programs.
BibTeXBibTeX syles are usually part of a LaTeX template. Check the instructions to authors if the publisher offers a LaTeX template for this journal.

Journal articles

Those examples are references to articles in scholarly journals and how they are supposed to appear in your bibliography.

Not all journals organize their published articles in volumes and issues, so these fields are optional. Some electronic journals do not provide a page range, but instead list an article identifier. In a case like this it's safe to use the article identifier instead of the page range.

A journal article with 1 author
Coleman, P. (2007). Frontier at your fingertips. Nature, 446(7134), 379.
A journal article with 2 authors
Strasser, B. J., & Dubochet, J. (2005). Obituary: Eduard Kellenberger (1920-2004). Nature, 433(7028), 817.
A journal article with 3 authors
Cavazzana-Calvo, M., Thrasher, A., & Mavilio, F. (2004). The future of gene therapy. Nature, 427(6977), 779–781.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Perez-Fons, L., Wells, T., Corol, D. I., Ward, J. L., Gerrish, C., Beale, M. H., Seymour, G. B., Bramley, P. M., & Fraser, P. D. (2014). A genome-wide metabolomic resource for tomato fruit from Solanum pennellii. Scientific Reports, 4, 3859.

Books and book chapters

Here are examples of references for authored and edited books as well as book chapters.

An authored book
Arteaga, R., & Hyland, J. (2013). Pivot. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Bigot, J.-Y., Hübner, W., Rasing, T., & Chantrell, R. (Eds.). (2015). Ultrafast Magnetism I: Proceedings of the International Conference UMC 2013 Strasbourg, France, October 28th - November 1st, 2013 (Vol. 159). Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Portugali, J. (2012). Complexity Theories of Cities: Achievements, Criticism and Potentials. In J. Portugali, H. Meyer, E. Stolk, & E. Tan (Eds.), Complexity Theories of Cities Have Come of Age: An Overview with Implications to Urban Planning and Design (pp. 47–62). Springer.

Web sites

Sometimes references to web sites should appear directly in the text rather than in the bibliography. Refer to the Instructions to authors for Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.

Blog post
Fang, J. (2014, March 18). Parasitic wasps must lay their eggs in the right fly, or else. IFLScience; IFLScience.


This example shows the general structure used for government reports, technical reports, and scientific reports. If you can't locate the report number then it might be better to cite the report as a book. For reports it is usually not individual people that are credited as authors, but a governmental department or agency like "U. S. Food and Drug Administration" or "National Cancer Institute".

Government report
Government Accountability Office. (2013). Interstate Compacts: Transparency and Oversight of Bi-State Tolling Authorities Could Be Enhanced (GAO-13-687). U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Queener, J. D. (2015). A Post-School Outcome Study of Students with Learning Disabilities [Doctoral dissertation]. George Washington University.

News paper articles

Unlike scholarly journals, news papers do not usually have a volume and issue number. Instead, the full date and page number is required for a correct reference.

New York Times article
Santora, M. (2017, October 12). Mounting Subway Delays Cost Riders Millions Every Year, Report Finds. New York Times, A19.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Coleman, 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Coleman, 2007; Strasser & Dubochet, 2005).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Strasser & Dubochet, 2005)
  • Three authors: (Cavazzana-Calvo et al., 2004)
  • 6 or more authors: (Perez-Fons et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
AbbreviationJ. Consult. Clin. Psychol.
ISSN (print)0022-006X
ISSN (online)1939-2117
ScopePsychiatry and Mental health
Clinical Psychology

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